Help Us Save the MCA Library!

33226662_1545492628111313_r.jpeg*Our Library

About Us

The Mount Carmel Area Public Library is located in the Borough of Mount Carmel in the Anthracite Region of Eastern-Central Pennsylvania.  The Library serves the entire Mount Carmel Area School District, a population of 12,577 (2010 census) of which approx. 8,800 are library patrons. 

The Mount Carmel Area Public Library is the repository of local memorabilia honoring our various communities with their mixed cultures.  The Library is the home site of the Ed Romance Lower Anthracite Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame and the wall of recognition of gifts from Mount Carmel native and Hollywood actress Ellen Albertini Dow.

From this modest beginning, the library has grown over the last 4 decades, to its present status as one of the cultural landmarks of the area.  In 1961 the library consisted of approximately 500 donated books but in the summer of 1966 as needs of the community were overwhelming the facilities of the original building, the library was moved to the southeast corner of Second and Maple Streets.  By 1972 the library had expanded to 15,000 volumes.  It was on November 29th of that same year (1972) that the public was informed that the library would be moving to spacious new quarters in the former Grossman Department Store at 30 South Oak Street.  The Move was made possible by the philanthropy of Mr. Joseph A. Palumbo and Mr. William Grossman and families.  The "new" library was formally dedicated by President Judge Michael Kivko on Tuesday, October 9, 1973.  On October 24, 1974, Mount Carmel Area School Board voted to contribute a yearly donation to the Mount Carmel Area Public Library  Although the Mount Carmel Area Public Library serves the entire Mount Carmel Area School District, only the borough of Mount Carmel has voted to support the Library through a small tax millage.

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We Need Your Help!
The library is facing financial challenges that threaten our ability to successfully serve the needs of the people of the Mount Carmel Area School District. When similar crises occurred in the past, the public responded with great generosity. We are hoping the same response will be forthcoming now.

Although we operate on a bare-bones budget, our fund-raising has not kept pace with expenses. We recently cut some service hours (temporarily, we hope) and have instituted austerity measures, but the real path out of our dilemma is to augment our annual income. Pennsylvania state funding has been cut from $51,058 to $36,000 annually, and this has hurt. We are grateful to Mount Carmel Borough for helping us through a library tax and to the Mount Carmel Area School District for its annual donation of $4,000. You should be aware that now, as always, public contributions have been the largest source of the library’s operating income.

Despite the cuts in state funding, we are still required to abide by all state regulations for the operation of public libraries. We have worked to maintain our standards while offering a large collection of reading materials (over 52,000). Our small library also offers special collections of old newspapers and other historical records that are invaluable to patrons’ research needs.

We believe our collection of materials, our collections that facilitate historic and genealogical research and our children’s programming are a credit to those who have gone before us in founding, organizing and leading the library. We are also proud that the library has been able to fill a role as a community meeting space. Libraries are not a luxury, so please help us.  We’re asking for you to consider investing in our community with a tax-deductible contribution.  We are asking for donations totaling $75,000, which would help us continue to serve our communities in 2019.  All contributions will go directly towards the daily maintenance of keeping the library doors open and keeping our many services available to the public free of charge.

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33226662_154549320778371_r.jpeg*Our loyal Patrons and employees

33226662_1545493319181569_r.jpeg*Our children's section

33226662_1545493704744877_r.jpeg*Patrons enjoying Free Comic Book Day

33226662_1545493730847609_r.jpeg*Patrons meeting Superheroes on Free Comic Book Day

As you can see, the Mount Carmel AreaPublic Library is more than just a collection of books.  We are the only Community Center available to our patrons.  We strive to not only offer our patrons the amazing gift of literacy, but we aim to help serve our communities by offering them things to do.  We strive to get our patrons out of their homes and involved in their communities.  Be it through our Reading Garden, Summer Reading Programs, Free Comic Book Day, or our Small Business Saturday Vendor Fairs we hope to offer our community a reason to come and enjoy our beautiful downtown.  And we offer all of these things free of charge.  Please help us continue to do this good work for our communities.  


  • Gina Purin 
    • 100 $ 
    • 6 mos


Ralph Hindmarch 
Mount Carmel, PA
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